One in a series previewing each classification of WPIAL football and the City League.
WPIAL CLASS AAAA
By The Numbers
Top returning statistical leaders from last season. Statistics are from regular season only:
Khaleke Hudson, McKeesport (pictured) - 134 attempts for 1,455 yards.
Daniel Walters, Hempfield - 144 of 192 for 1,371 yards
Nick Altavilla, Baldwin - 45 receptions for 726 yards
Khaleke Hudson, McKeesport - 24 touchdowns for 144 points.
Jake Buccigrossi, North Hills, OL-DL - Already committed to play OL at West Virginia.
Damar Hamlin, Central Catholic, WR-DB - Heavily recruited DB.
Khaleke Hudson, McKeesport RB-DB - Two-way standout likes Pitt, Penn State, WVU.
Miles Sanders, Woodland Hills, RB-DB - Highly-rated RB already committed to Penn State.
Tim Vecchio, Penn-Trafford, WR-DB - Not a big-time recruit, but Veccio (pictured) just a standout high school player committed to Robert Morris.
1. Central Catholic - Loaded with talent and college recruits. Might be preseason No. 1 Class AAAA team in the state.
2. Woodland Hills - Best RB combo in Class AAAA with Miles Sanders and Jo-El Shaw
3. Penn-Trafford - Quietly coach John Ruane is building a top-notch program.
4. North Allegheny - Don't overlook Tigers. Should have a strong running game.
5. Pine-Richland - Not as good as last year, but still formidable. Phil Jurkovec is sophomore QB who will be key.
6. McKeesport - The flexbone offense will drive the Tigers and will still drive some opponents nuts.
7. Upper St. Clair - Very big on lines. Quarterback play will be key.
8. Mt. Lebanon - 10 starters back on offense, including QB Eddie Jenkins and Villanova recruit Paul Grattan (OL).
9. Bethel Park - Some linemen return and also QB Levi Metheny, a four-year starter.
10. North Hills - QB is a question mark, but Indians feature Jake Buccigrossi, a WVU offensive line recruit.